24H: Close to 80 entries already confirmed for the 15th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI

24H: Close to 80 entries already confirmed for the 15th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI

(24 December 2019) – There’s less than three weeks to go before the 15th edition of the Hankook 24H DUBAI gets underway, and more than 70 entries are already confirmed for the event.

The top tier GT3 category, renamed from ‘A6’ for 2020 and onwards, already boasts 20-plus cars representing five high-end marques and more than a dozen different nationalities. Said line-up includes Black Falcon, a winner at last year’s season-closing 24-hour race in Austin, Texas, and a record-holding four-time winner of the Dubai event; Car Collection Motorsport, the reigning event winner that took a second victory for Audi in Dubai last year; Herberth Motorsport, a winner in 2017 en-route to the inaugural 24H SERIES Continents GT championship; and MS7 by WRT, the Saudi Arabian outfit prepared and run by the former Nürburgring 24 Hours and Spa 24 Hours winner that finished last year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2nd place overall. No doubt the Middle East team will be keen to go one better in 2020, as will the ‘sister’ Toksport WRT entry, which immediately threw itself into contention for victory last time out in Austin, Texas, en-route to a class podium.

The provisional entry list also features notable former winners on the driver line-up. Khaled Al Qubaisi became only the third driver in event history to win more than one Hankook 24H DUBAI in 2013, and the Emirati will once again compete with Black Falcon. Car Collection Motorsport retains most of its 2019-winning line-up with Dimitri Parhofer, Christopher Haase and two-time Daytona 24 Hours class winner, Rik Breukers partnering former Formula 1 driver and GT1 World Champion, Markus Winkelhock. Further back in GT4, 2018 winner Gabriele Piana will be gunning for category honours with local team, Dragon Racing.

Other notable names on the entry list include reigning Formula E champion and F1 alumnus, Jean-Eric Vergne; Porsche factory junior Will Bamber, who will compete for the eponymous entry of elder brother Earl, the latter a two-time Le Mans winner and former World Endurance Champion; Stuart Hall, a 24H SERIES stalwart and former LMGTE Am-class World Endurance Champion; and newly signed Audi factory driver Mirko Bortolotti, a two-time Daytona 24 Hours class winner who makes his competitive debut in the WRT R8 LMS he’ll share with 2014 Hankook 24H DUBAI winners, Rolf and Mark Ineichen. Former British Touring Car Championship race winner, and 2015 24H SERIES A6-class champion, Tom Onslow-Cole also returns to action with SPS automotive performance.

Competition is set to be similarly tight further back in the field. Newly-crowned 24H SERIES Continents GT champion Leipert Motorsport makes its now traditional sojourn to the Hankook 24H DUBAI aiming to repeat its class win from 2019 in the newly renamed ‘GTX’ class. Dutch endurance racing legend Cor Euser returns to Dubai with his eponymously entered MARC II V8, a quintessentially Australian sports car also entered by 24H SERIES returnee, and former SP2 champion, VDS Racing Adventures. As was the case last year, the heritage-liveried Exige V6 Cup R of Lotus PB Racing is sure to be among the fan favourites at the Dubai Autodrome.

Like 2019, German endurance racing specialist MRS GT-Racing bolsters the ‘991’ field with a three-strong Porsche 991-II Cup line-up, and will be a pre-race favourite for the category win alongside compatriot, and former ‘991’ class Dubai winner, race:pro motorsport. Another contender is sure to be Porsche Lorient Racing, the reigning category champion in both the ‘Europe’ and ‘Continents’ calendars that signed off a successful 2019 season with a class win at the Circuit of the Americas. As a two-time class winner last year, Belgium’s Speed Lover will also be an entry to keep an eye on.

Across in GT4, reigning class champion Sorg Rennsport last year claimed 2nd in-class in Dubai in the dying moments of the race. Alongside the second entry for Leipert Motorsport, competition will no doubt be tight courtesy of Canadian competitor ST Racing – the eponymous team of Ontarian sensation, Samantha Tan – former TCE division champion Hofor-Racing by Bonk Motorsport, and Ciceley Motorsport, the endurance-racing arm of the British Touring Car Championship team. Another 24H SERIES fan favourite – Century Motorsport – returns to action in the UAE with two BMW M4 GTs.

Across in the TCE division, more than a dozen entries are already signed for the ‘TCR’ class, arguably the fastest growing motorsport concept of the last decade. Chief among them is the dual Volkswagen Golf GTI entry from Autorama Motorsport by Wolf-Power Racing, which last year completed an outstanding maiden partnership to claim both TCE division championships in the 24H SERIES. The Swiss team will go head-to-head in 2020 once again with touring car specialists Team Dynamics Motorsport, Dutch racing legend Bas Koeten, and former TCR-class champions, Nordschleife Racing. The latter in particular will make headlines in Dubai when it begins its first full championship assault in the 24H SERIES with the brand new Ligier JS2 R.

The 2020 Hankook 24H DUBAI also celebrates the start of a brand new partnership for the 24H SERIES with Trees for the Future. TREES, a public charity incorporated on 14 August 1989 and with roots dating back to the 1970s, has successfully planted over 170 million trees in more than 60 nations across Asia, Africa, and the Americas as it aims to improve the livelihoods of impoverished farmers by revitalizing degraded lands. As part of its new partnership with Dutch organising body CREVENTIC, one tree for every lap completed by each of our competitors across this year’s 24H SERIES season will be planted in 2020. To put that into perspective, the GT and TCE divisions collaboratively completed 33,485 laps at last year’s Hankook 24H DUBAI, while the 2017 and 2018 races each surpassed the 40,000+ mark.

As always, official sessions and the race itself will be streamed live through the official 24H SERIES YouTube channel. The coverage will include full commentary and analysis from radiolemans.com, the world’s most respected endurance racing broadcast team. This year’s main event will also be supported by three 25-minute sprint races of the FIA F3 Asia Championship, and four 30-minute races of F4 UAE across Friday and Saturday. Racing activities at the 5.39km Dubai Autodrome actually kick off with the WEK 6H DUBAI on Wednesday 7th January. This six-hour race marks the first time The Netherlands-based Winter Endurance Kampioenschap has held a race in the United Arab Emirates.

Free Practice for the 15th annual Hankook 24H DUBAI begins at 10.20 hrs local time on Thursday 9th January, and is followed by Qualifying and Night Practice at 15.05 hrs and 18.00 hrs respectively later the same day. The green flag will be flown at 15.00 hrs on Friday 10th January, and the race will run uninterrupted until the chequered flag is unfurled 24 hours later on Saturday 11th January.

 

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30 minutes ago

F1

Back in 1986, onboard cameras were *the* cool new thing in F1 🎥

And in Australia, Johnny Dumfries showed everyone why 🤩
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These guys were epic...they literally had to muscle these cares around a track...and do it one handed while shifting! Impressive 🙂

At :50, does anyone know if that was fuel dumping on him from another car, a broken coolant hose or...?

So awesome to see them actually having a shifter and having to control the car with one hand while shifting continuously each lap...

He took a shower of gasoline from the ahead car,when you see that the camera goes white, imagine that while have to deal whith a manual gearbox monster

Never really thought about the old f1 cars having gear sticks seems mental now in a car that quick

From a time when drivers drove and pilots flew planes, stunning footage but what happened at appx 50 seconds 🤔🤔

Love the old F1 videos! Keep bringing back the vintage F1 races.

Manual gearbox and clutch F1 car onboards are the best, the drivers were proper manhandling them round the circuit and it was spectacular viewing. This setup actually lasted until 1995, when the Forti FG01 was the last F1 car to use it

Epic videos of an F1 that still leaves nostalgia in our hearts!

The amount of correction Dumfries is having to do is just insane 🏁

Blimey those cars really had no problem battering their drivers around!

What track is this?

This was real racing, manual gearbox and the steering......

Would love to see the PS generation drive those cars! 😊

The era turbo: simply, cars were beasts. And these drivers were superb!

In tht Grand Prix, Nigel Mansell (Williams) retired (puncture) and the world championship was clinched by Alain Prost (McLaren)

No electronic aids, no flappy paddle shifters. These cars had to be driven, manhandled, beaten into submission until tamed. And only the best could truly tame these beasts.

You should use much more onboard on F1 transmissions. MUUUUUCH more.

Real driving with gear changing... absolute magic!! 👍🏁

How cool would it be to bring back a manual gearbox and clutch!

Like a boss!!! One handed on the wheel and shifting gears like a man. 🙂

Wow that was cool shifting sound and flames 🙌💪💪

WOW!!! Only 34 years ago but technology seems light years apart

Muscle and proper driving love it

lotus 98T (renault gordini EF15) using 'not-so-haas' beatrice lola THL2 sound...well played

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1 hr ago

MotoGP

The next hero in a long line of American motorcycle racing talent? 🇺🇸

Go behind the scenes with Joe Roberts racer in this exclusive documentary as he sets out on his path to take a nation back to the top ✨

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Us American fans can only hope. It’s been a long time since the golden age of American riders that I grew up watching.

Saw my first moto race and Joe Robert's started on the pole in Qatar! Was a blast but wish MotoGP could have been there. Maybe the Texas race will be the next one.

Gosh, that livery is amazing. LOVE the helmet!

There is an American in super sport.

All the Best💥..

Wish ya was racing at home this weekend!!!

Long line ?

Good america moto gp

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Je m'implique moins ds ka moto2 que ds le MotoGP classe 1000 mais j'aime regarder de la moto3 jusk'a MotoGP sauf que trop de pilotes sur le plateau moto2 je retient pas tout forcément merci Steve Ragaud

Vincent Bennett

La famille roberts Grand nom de la MotoGP du père kenny Robert puis kenny Robert jr champion du monde avec Suzuki et maintena t le fiston! En lui espérant la même carrière que ses aînés!

If the season would get shorten this year. I do believe this wouls be a great chance for Joe to capitalize on this one. Can't wait to see him polish a few mistakes he & his team had in the first race. 😎

Use the front very late along with the rear you moron

Hate it when you do this, he has 1 podium and now all eyes are on him so he is gunna feel a mountain of pressure and if he fails that's the end of his career you guys got to stop making a big deal so early all the time what if he can't take the pressure of everyone focused on him 😒

It's time to rise again USA 😀

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2 hrs ago

24H Series

The new 24H DUBAI 2020 merchandise is now online in our shop!

Check out our shop now, and get yourself a limited edition 24H DUBAI polo, vest or cap😍

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The new 24H DUBAI 2020 merchandise is now online in our shop!

Check out our shop now, and get yourself a limited edition 24H DUBAI polo, vest or cap😍

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What, no umbrellas or wellington boots?!

3 hrs ago

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"Being able to control a 700kg, 1000 horsepower car only with your hands and your feet is... it's the best thing" - we hear you, Romain Grosjean 😍 🤩 ... See Less

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I used to love this driver, great talent but now he’s just unpredictable driver.

Karim: "Being able to CRASH a 700kg, 1000 horsepower car only with your hands and your feet is... it's the best thing" - we hear you, Romain Grosjean"

If by control you mean running off track on at least one turn during the first lap of every GP, then you’re good👍🏼🤦🏻‍♂️

Of course I can't drive as well as Grosjean, but I can still differ a good race driver from a bad one.

Not the best driver, but a generally good guy.

Ah the hate and cheap jokes on Romain Grosjean. I bet the majority of the haters here can’t even ride a tricycle without going flat on their faces! Get a life, kids.

The problem is you are not good enough. You crash even under saftycar rules.

Somehow I think that the driver's main control unit deserved a mention, as well :).

The problem is there Romain you can't control a 700 kg car with 1000 horsepower, Mr Gunter has had enough of you and Kevin 🤣

Just exactly what the hell is left to control the car with? Is there a lesser-known control system that uses, exclusively, ear muscles, armpits, and hip flexors?????

Yeah takes a special kind of talent to spin a car in pit lane and end up facing the wrong way.

Is he reading that out for someone coz this guy couldn't control a shopping kart

But he can’t control it lol. Poor romain. Give me the wheel I’ll show you 🙃

Grosjean and car handling? April Fools, I got it.

Since the 2020 F1 season is pretty much cancelled, Grojean took on a warehouse job..

His best season to date was 2013, when he was team mate to Räikkönen at Lotus. Got 6 podiums and 7 other points finishes, but since 2014 his career’s been very inconsistent

The best driver on the grid that knows how to crash

Goes to show what you think you can realise, no matter how far-fetched! Just look at Romain Grosjean.... An F1 driver.... Still... Wow...

Too bad there are no racing series like that...

“Being able to control.”

Still mastering the art of leaving the pitlane!

Best season for Grosjean. He didn’t crashed in any race so far.

Ironically from the driver who tends not to control his car! 🙄🤔

its a formula ignorant, not a car, you know nothing and you talk. shame

Ironically the only F1 driver who can’t control a 700kg 1000hp car 🤔

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